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Coach Education Pathway Update (April 2015)

As a result of discussions on the Education and Coach Development Pathway, the UK Coach Education Steering Group has advised British Athletics of some key amendments to ensure the safety of athletes and coaches and maintain the quality of coaching. British Athletics will continue to align a Coaching Development Pathway, that is consistent with the Athlete Development Model, conforming to a General to Specific training policy, which is progressive and logical.

The current formal Coach Education Pathway from Leader to Assistant and Coaching roles reflects this transition. The introduction of optional “add-on” modules post Athletics Coach qualification has resulted in health and safety, licensing and insurance complexities.  

UKA Coach Development Pathway April 2015

The sport’s concern for continued quality coaching combined with safeguarding both athletes and coaches has resulted in the following changes:

Athletics Coach Add on Modules: 

1. Triple Jump, Wheelchair Racing and Race Walking modules can be completed online, once the sections have been completed and the multiple choice questions successfully answered candidates will receive an updated coaching license to reflect this additional module. Candidates that have completed these since 6th January 2014 will now have their amended coaching licenses released. 

2. Pole Vault, Hammer and Discus modules – due to the increase in health and safety risks to both athletes and coaches in the coaching of these disciplines; in addition to completing the online component candidates will also have to complete a short practical assessment in these areas before this event is added to their coaching license. It will now be compulsory that all candidates enrolling on these courses will have to complete a practical assessment. Assessments can be arranged through the relevant Home Country and will run in conjunction with cell/pod and coach development activity. 

Progression to Event Group Awards:

  1. The pathway for progression to your choice of Event Group Awards now includes compulsory completion of the relevant add-on modules for the specified pathway, i.e. aspiring Jumps coaches will need to complete both the Triple Jump (online element) and Pole Vault (online and practical elements) add on modules to progress and complete the Jumps Event Group course. Aspiring Throws coaches will need to complete both the Hammer and Discus (online and practical elements) add on modules to progress and complete the Throws Event Group course. In addition to the Event Group Integration days Home Countries may offer an assessment day for the Athletics Coach Bolt on Modules prior to this day, resulting in a completion weekend. 
  2. A Jumps or a Throws candidate can complete the online component of these courses prior to being assessed for their add on modules; however they will not be permitted to attend an Event Group Integration Day until the practical elements have been successfully passed.
  3. Coaches that have already completed an Event Group Integration Day in 2014 / 2015 who do not hold the required pre-requisites in the add on modules will receive an amended license excluding them from those events, i.e. Event Group Jumps (excluding Pole Vault). If they wish the Pole Vault to be included they must complete the online module and have a practical assessment. 
  4. Wheelchair Racing and Race Walking are not pre-requisites for progression to any Event Group Award and can be completed individually online and will not require any assessment. 
  5. To enable CiRF qualified coaches to progress to the Endurance Event Group Award an additional online module addressing Physical Preparation is required. For coaches commencing the CiRF course prior to 1st September 2014 they will need to complete this module before progressing. For coaches who commenced the revised CiRF Award (from 1st September 2014), on successful completion they will be able to progress straight to the Endurance Event Group Award. 
  6. A one day Children’s Coach course is currently being devised as an option for coaches post the Athletics Coach qualification. 

All the above changes will take effect from 13st April 2015. These adjustments have evolved to enhance coaching knowledge and experience, reduce the risk of injury to athletes whilst preserving the quality of coaching at club level and protecting the sport as a whole. 

The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are available to provide further clarity where it is needed. They are regularly updated when new questions are asked.

 

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FAQs

I am qualified as a Level 2 Speed or Athletics Coach and coach only athletes in the Sprints & Hurdles. How do the changes affect me?

If you wish to stay at this level of qualification then you do not need to do anything. You already hold the pre-requisites to progress to the Event Group Sprints & Hurdles qualification if so desired.

I am qualified as a Level 2 Endurance or Athletics Coach and coach only athletes in the Endurance event group. How do the changes affect me?

If you wish to stay at this level of qualification then you do not need to do anything. You already hold the pre-requisites to progress to the Event Group Endurance qualification if so desired.

I am qualified as a Level 2 Jumps Coach. How do the changes affect me?

If you wish to stay at this level of qualification then you do not need to do anything.

If you wish to progress to the Event Group Jumps, Sprints and Hurdles or Endurance awards then you already hold the required pre-requisites.

If you wish to progress to the Event Group Throws Award you will need to undertake the required pre-requisites. This includes undertaking the Athletics Coach online add on modules for Discus and Hammer; you will also need to be practically assessed for both.

I am qualified as a Level 2 Throws Coach. How do the changes affect me?

If you wish to stay at this level of qualification then you do not need to do anything.

If you wish to progress to the Event Group Throws, Sprints and Hurdles or Endurance awards then you already hold the required pre-requisites.

If you wish to progress to the Event Group Jumps Award you will need to undertake the required pre-requisites. This includes undertaking the online Athletics Coach online add on modules for Triple Jump and Pole Vault; you will also need to be practically assessed coaching Pole Vault.

I am qualified as an Athletics Coach and coach only athletes in the Jumps event group. How do the changes affect me?

The Athletics Coach coverage is for long and high jump, if you wish to add Triple Jump and Pole Vault to your licence then you must complete the online modules; you will need to be practically assessed for Pole Vault. On successful completion you can progress to online Event Group Jumps followed by the Jumps Integration Day.

I am qualified as an Athletics Coach and coach only athletes in the Throws event group. How do the changes affect me?

The Athletics Coach coverage is for shot and javelin, if you wish to add Discus and Hammer to your licence then you must complete the online modules; you will need to be practically assessed for both. On successful completion you can progress to online Event Group Throws followed by the Throws Integration Day.

I am an Athletics Coach and want to start coaching athletes in Triple Jump, Wheelchair Racing and Race Walking. How do the changes affect me?

This content is not covered in the Athletics Coach course, in order to have these events added to your licence you will need to complete the online modules. There are multiple choice questions at the end of each module, you must pass this to be awarded the qualification and have this event added to your licence. There are no practical coaching assessment requirements for these modules. The completion of Triple Jump is a prerequisite for progression to Event Group Jumps.

I am an Athletics Coach and want to start coaching athletes in Pole Vault, Hammer or Discus. How do the changes affect me?

This content is not covered in the Athletics Coach course, in order to have these events added to your licence you will need to complete the online modules. In addition to the multiple choice questions at the end of each module, you must also pass a practical assessment to be awarded the qualification and have this event added to your licence. The completion of Pole Vault is a prerequisite for progression to Event Group Jumps. The completion of Discus and Hammer is a prerequisite for progression to Event Group Throws.

I am a Level 2 Jumps, Endurance or Throws Coach and want to start coaching Sprints and Hurdles. How do the changes affect me?

You can progress straight to the online Event Group Speed course, which will be followed by an Event Groups Speed Integration Day.

I am a Level 2 Jumps, Speed or Throws Coach and want to start coaching Endurance. How do the changes affect me?

You can progress straight to the online Event Group Endurance course, which will be followed by an Event Groups Endurance Integration Day.

I am a Level 2 Speed, Endurance or Jumps coach and want to start coaching Throws. How do the changes affect me?

In order to progress with Throws and have these events added to your licence you will need to complete the online Discus and Hammer modules. In addition to the multiple choice questions at the end of each module, you must also pass a practical assessment to be awarded the qualification and have this event added to your licence. The completion of Discus and Hammer is a prerequisite for progression to Event Group Throws.

I am a Level 2 Speed, Endurance or Throws coach and want to start coaching Jumps. How do the changes affect me?

In order to progress with Jumps and have these events added to your licence you will need to complete the online Triple Jump and Pole Vault modules. In addition to the multiple choice questions at the end of the module, you must also pass a practical assessment in Pole Vault to be awarded the qualification and have this event added to your licence. The completion of Triple Jump and Pole Vault is a prerequisite for progression to Event Group Jumps.

I am a Coach in Running Fitness. How do the changes affect me?

If you wish to stay at this level of qualification then you do not need to do anything.

If you wish to progress to the Event Group Endurance award the following applies:

If you commenced a CiRF course prior to 1st September 2014 you will need to complete the CiRF – Endurance Progression Module: Physical Preparation. This is an online module with multiple choice questions to complete at the end. There is no practical assessment associated with this course. Once this module is successfully completed you will be able to progress to the online Event Group Endurance course, followed by the Endurance Event Group Integration day.

If you commenced a CiRF course on or since the 1st September 2014, on successful completion you can progress straight to the online Event Group Endurance course, followed by the Endurance Event Group Integration day.

I have taken and passed an Event Group Jumps Integration day in 2014/2015, am I now no longer insured to coach Pole Vault, and Triple Jump?

Coaches that have already completed a Jumps Event Group Integration Day in 2014 / 2015 who do not hold the required pre-requisites (Level 2 Jumps) of add on modules will receive an amended license excluding them from those events. For example the license will read “Event Group Jumps (excluding Pole Vault and Triple Jump)”. If they wish the Pole Vault to be included they must complete the online module and have a practical assessment. If they wish the Triple Jump to be included they will need to complete the online add on module.

I have taken and passed an Event Group Throws Integration day in 2014/2015, am I now no longer insured to coach Pole Vault, Hammer and Discus?

Coaches that have already completed a Throws Event Group Integration Day in 2014 / 2015 who do not hold the required pre-requisites (Level 2 Throws) of add on modules will receive an amended license excluding them from those events. For example a license will show “Event Group Throws (excluding Discus and Hammer)”. If they wish the Hammer or Discus to be included they must complete the online module and have a practical assessment.

Will there be a charge for these additional online modules and assessment days?

The online modules are free to access; practical assessment days will be arranged through the Home Country organisations. It is not expected that there will be a charge for completing these practical assessments.

How do I book the assessment days?

Currently practical assessments will need to be booked through the relevant Home Country Coach education link. In the future it is hoped that bookings will be able to be made through the uLearn online booking system. As dates become available they will be advertised widely.

Where can I find the Physical Preparation module to progress from CiRF to Event Group Endurance?

These are still in development. When they are available they will be advertised widely through uCoach and the Home Country Athletic Federation websites (e.g. England Athletics, Athletics NI etc...).

I want to attend the Event Group Integration Days being held in England and Wales during April and May. Does this mean I cannot attend?

No, as this is a new policy we will allow coaches booked onto Integration days to attend. However if they wish the full award to be granted to them and become licenced they will need to go back and complete the required online modules and practical assessments where necessary.

I need clarity on my specific circumstances who do I need to contact?

Please contact the Chair of the UK Coach Education Steering Group, Peter Stanley by email using pstanley@britishathletics.org.uk.

I have just booked onto the Event Group Jumps or Throws Integration Day how does this affect me?

If you have booked onto the Jumps Integration Day and are not already a Level 2 Jumps Coach when you receive your license it will exclude you from Triple Jump and Pole Vault until you have completed the Triple Jump Online Module and the Pole Vault Online Module and Pole Vault Practical Assessment.

If you have booked onto the Throws Integration Day and are not already a Level 2 Throws coach then when you receive your license it will exclude you from Hammer and Discus until you have completed the Discus Online Module and Discus Practical Assessment and the Hammer Online Module and Hammer Practical Assessment.

In the future how will this affect who can book onto the Event Group Integration Days?

From the 11th May 2015 anyone booking onto a Jumps or Throws Integration Days who does not hold a Level 2 qualification in Jumps or a Level 2 qualification in Throws will need to first have completed the appropriate online and practical assessments.

For the Jumps Integration Day individuals without a Level 2 Jumps will first have to complete the Triple Jump Online Module and the Pole Vault Online Module and Pole Vault Practical Assessment.

For the Throws Integration Day individuals without a Level 2 Throws will first have to complete the Discus Online Module and Discus Practical Assessment and the Hammer Online Module and Hammer Practical Assessment.

Where can I find the Athletics Coach Add On Modules?

Simply Log into uCoach.com. Click on LEARN (very top of the screen). Then click on the module you wish to take. Then click on "Enrol" button.

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